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68 – MASTERMIND

1 Jul

Subject: Mastermind
Real Name: Jason Wyngarde
Height: 5’10” Weight: 140 lbs.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #4, March 1964

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 1/7
  • Mental Powers: 6/7
  • Strength: 1/7
  • Fighting Ability: 1/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

Mastermind’s one of those villains introduced in the early 60’s that never got a visual upgrade from the stereotypical “sniveling ratface” that all 60’s villains were, but then again I guess as a notorious date-rapist maybe the look suits him. Actually no, I guess then he should look like a douchey bro, right? And then he died of the Legacy Virus…

I really like Lee’s art for Mastermind’s card. It’s moody and intriguing, and the reflection in the mirror was a nice touch, though it unintentionally would imply that Mastermind’s power was simply of disguising himself, when he could really create elaborate mental illusions, capable of entrapping the entire X-team in intricate fantasy scenarios (like a circus or carnival).

Given how he arguably brought the Dark Phoenix saga to a head (by hypnotizing Jean Grey/Phoenix into thinking she was in love with Mastermind), and how he apparently managed to fool everyone, including the Hellfire Club, almost continuously throughout the Phoenix saga, Mastermind really should command more respect than he got (though his 6/7 Mental Powers rating gets you partway there).

67 – WHITE QUEEN

29 Jun

Subject: White Queen
Real Name: Emma Frost
Height: 5’10” Weight: 125 lbs.
Group Affiliation: Hellfire Club
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #117, January 1979

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 1/7
  • Mental Powers: 6/7
  • Strength: 2/7
  • Fighting Ability: 2/7
  • Intelligence: 4/7

Like the best X-Men villains, Emma Frost is so compelling because she’s ruthless, cunning, entertaining (by which I mean she shows a lot of skin), and she’s capable of compassion and heroism under certain circumstances (like when she co-served with Banshee as headmasters of Generation X). As such, let’s just go ahead and gloss over her underwritten and underperformed character in X-Men:First Class (and let’s completely forget about how she was arguably in Wolverine).

It’s weird, there’s something about Jim Lee’s art for Emma that actually seems too clothed. Maybe in the (somewhat) more conservative 70’s such an outfit seemed scandalous (I think partly because the victorian lingerie didn’t even resemble a comic book character costume), but in the 90’s it was quite common (though no less eye-catching). And by the 00’s she was straight up spreading her legs for your pleasure.

Her Power Ratings befit someone of formidable psychic ability, though I don’t know what specifically gives her the right to command a 2/7 for Strength and Fighting Ability. Remember, it wasn’t until almost a decade after these cards were published that she gained her diamond morphing powers.